Trump rams into wall: USA shutdown weakened United States president’s position, says poll

Daniel Fowler
January 28, 2019

The poll also suggested 35 percent of Americans had some confidence in Trump, with 21 percent saying they had what was considered a "great deal" of confidence.

But it also shows how the unstable news environment has had little effect on public attitudes about Trump, with many of his numbers essentially unchanged since the start of his presidency.

Americans are largely ready to see President Donald Trump and the GOP move on from their pursuit of a border wall, according to a HuffPost/YouGov survey conducted after the end of the government shutdown. While 76 percent of Republicans approve, just 8 percent of Democrats say the same.

"Despite what was objectively a climbdown in Trump's position, these poll results provide more evidence that public opinion of the president has been largely baked in since day one", Patrick Murray, Monmouth's polling director, said in a statement.

By contrast, 63 percent believe the country is on the wrong track - tied for the highest mark since Trump took office. However, only 30 percent felt the same about Speaker Nancy Pelosi. The Republican party gets just an 11 percent very positive share and a 23 percent somewhat positive.

"In average of all recent polls, Trump's net approval rating had dropped 6 points compared to before the shutdown", the CNN reported.

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The interviewees were also asked about Trump's latest major foreign policy decision, namely pulling all of 2,000 U.S. troops out of Syria.

At the same time, a plurality of respondents, 46 percent, also said they think Democrats will go "too far" in investigating Trump.

On Friday, Trump agreed to suspend a punishing government shutdown after the tactic failed to pressure Democrats into backing his wall project.

The Trump administration imposed harsh economic sanctions on Iran in August and November past year following the president's decision to withdraw from the 2015 nuclear deal with Tehran, signed by his predecessor Barack Obama. Fifty-four percent disapprove of the president's job performance.

Finally, asked if special counsel Robert Mueller's investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election has given them more doubts about Trump's presidency or not, 45 percent of Americans said yes, while 48 percent said no.

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